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UPDATED: Graham woman suspected of using former DSHS client’s food stamps

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on May 22, 2012 at 11:32 am with 4 Comments »
May 22, 2012 1:09 pm

UPDATED at 1:09 p.m.

Troopers have arrested a state social worker on suspicion of using a former client’s food stamps to buy food.

The 44-year-old Graham woman works in a state Department of Social and Health Services office in Pierce County, the department reported. She has been booked into Pierce County Jail on suspicion of four counts of unlawful redemption of food stamps, which is a felony.

The News Tribune is not naming the woman because she has not yet been charged with a crime.

The woman, who has been on alternative assignment during the course of the investigation, has worked for DSHS since 1998. She’s served as a financial services specialist since 2003.

The former DSHS client contacted the Pierce North Community Service Office in April after he received a notice to recertify his benefits.

The request was puzzling since he thought the account was closed. He told workers he had turned in his Electronic Benefit Transfer card and asked that it be closed in September 2010, the department reported.

Investigators found that $3,225 in basic food benefits had been issued to the account from September 2010 through February, DSHS reported.

DSHS asked the Washington State Patrol to investigate.

The department identified the suspected employee by viewing store surveillance tapes and reviewing receipts for the EBT card.

Leave a comment Comments → 4
  1. Gotta love state employee’s.Their all a bunch of theives,

  2. The comment that all state workers are “a bunch of thieves” is not accurate. There can be a bad apple or two in every bunch. Unfortunately, we only hear about the bad things state workers do and none of the good things. Most are hard working and honest individuals.

  3. sillysoft says:

    Well just goes to show there is corruption on both sides of the fence.

    http://www.foodstampbalance.net

  4. Goodhealthconnection says:

    I think it is unfair to say that all state employees are a “bunch of thieves” is not only inaccurate, it is prejudicial. It fails to recognize that in every group, there are some people who abuse privileges and do the wrong things.

    I would venture to say that most people working for the state are people who go to work to do their jobs to the best of their abilities.

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